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Guitars Signed by BB King

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by JayFreddy, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    Since there is currently another thread here in the Bad Dog about signed guitars, I thought I'd throw this out there...

    Is a Gibson BB King Lucille model worth more with BB King's signature on it?

    I'm going to venture that, yes, it would be worth more, but it would have to have some kind of COA confirming the signature.

    I ask this because of the near universal opinion in the other thread that no one wants a guitar with someone else's signature on it...

    I think BB was special in that he had his own signature model guitar. And of course, he's deceased.

    I imagine a Les Paul signed by Les Paul would be an exception too...

    Any other artists whose signature on a guitar would actually be desirable from a collector's stand point?

    I'm thinking an original Mayer Strat signed by John Mayer would probably be worth more than an unsigned one. Especially once he kicks...

    Hopefully that won't happen, but if it did, I think a lot of Mayer haters would suddenly be singing a different tune.

    Before SRV passed he had a lot of detractors. A few years after the fact and many of these same detractors were now "good buddies" with him...

  2. Milspec

    Milspec Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 15, 2016
    It absolutely raises the value...on a display item. A valuable signature on a valuable guitar I think is stupid since no one is going to risk the signature to play the instrument rendering that guitar useless. A signed Lucille signed by BB King would be something you would find in the office of some Hedge fund manager somewhere who couldn't play a single note.

    So, yes, the guitar raises the value of the signature, but the signature ruins the value of the guitar AS a guitar. If that made any sense, it is late.
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  3. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

    Feb 26, 2017
    This question goes to the heart of what anything is worth, which is always 'what someone is prepared to pay'

    If anyone signed my guitars then that would devalue them to me, but I know I would let William Shakespeare sign my Casino - then sell it for $1M
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  4. Big_Bend

    Big_Bend Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 19, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Awhile back I owned a Gibson 355 Lucille signed by BB himself... no Certificate of Authority tho. This was before BB died.

    Then one year I needed money for taxes and I put the Lucille up on Ebay, ended up getting around $3200 for it, which was less than I expected.

    So I'd say no, the signature did not add any value in my case. Oh well...
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  5. LeicaBoss

    LeicaBoss Tele-Meister

    Oct 16, 2015
    New Jersey
    I had BB sign my little white Epiphone Les Paul after a show. He played it a little, too.

    I would not sell it but couldn't imagine it being worth much on the open market.
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  6. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

    Feb 26, 2017
    Lovely story though
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  7. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Feb 12, 2011
    A signed guitar is a death warrant for playing that guitar.


  8. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    Agreed, a signed guitar renders it useless. However, for a collector, I would guess that it is a different story.
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  9. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Feb 12, 2011
    Yea. Then it is just a big piece of art or memorabilia for a wall.

    A buddy of mine has a squier strat with all the autographs of the Chicago cubs all over it.

    Not a great strat, and no pickers..however, I see his love of it. lol
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  10. tery

    tery Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Sep 21, 2012
    I will sign your guitar with any name that you choose - only you and me will know !
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  11. tigger

    tigger Tele-Meister

    So that's why Susan Tedeschi stopped playing her Tele...

  12. dobrojoe

    dobrojoe Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Feb 11, 2017
    Not signed, but BB King gave me a plectrum. At the end of his concerts, he used to give out a pocketful of trinkets to people at the front of the stage. I didn't particularly want a bracelet so I asked him for a plectrum and he obligingly pulled one off his mic stand and gave it to me. Treasured possession!

  13. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    I have a pin and a pick he tossed down to me right by the stage. I take the pick out when I get a new guitar, play some with it, then put it away again so it doesn’t get messed up or lost.
    Dorky I know, and I don’t care.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2018
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  14. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    I actually brought my Lucille to a BB King concert the last time he played in Dallas. I carried it around all night... Nearly pulled my arm off!

    After the show, we went around behind the club and stood in line near the bus for the meet and greet. It was freezing out and I wasn't dressed for it.

    After about 45 minutes of waiting in the cold, a roadie came out and said BB wasn't feeling well, and wouldn't be doing the meet and greet.

    I put the ticket stub and the gold sharpie I had purchased for the occasion back in the case with the guitar and took it home.

    This was probably 4 or 5 years ago.

    I haven't opened that guitar case since that night.

  15. Larmo63

    Larmo63 Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 1, 2018
    Timbuktu, Earth
    Most signed guitars are dumb. I'd rather just play it and have fun with it.

    Now, Willie Nelson's guitar might be a different story.
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  16. idjster

    idjster VERY grateful member Ad Free Member

    For me, this covers it...

  17. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 10, 2003
    Near Milwaukee
    I posted this some time ago but what the heck. My father in law is a member of a club that has raised money for muscular dystrophy through a Harley Davidson event in Hollywood called the Love Ride. BB played at the event years ago and he gave a signed guitar to the event sponsor.

    Several years later my father in law won the guitar though a Love Ride silent auction when the guitar was auctioned. This was a big charity auction but the guitar fetched about twice what my car is worth. I drive a VW SUV.

    The guitar was shipped to me as my inlaws were far far away at the time. It still has the strings on from when BB Played it. I cleaned it up but I left the strings alone. It is a treasured possession of my father law and a reminder of all the good times and good work that went into the club rides and fund raisers. I was glad when he got home and took the thing to his farm. It was a little intimidating. He doesn't play guitar but he absolutely loves the guitar and I'm happy for him.

    The day that it arrived.
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